Dimapur, August 24: Nagaland Pencak Silat Association (NPSA) on Saturday appealed to the state government to recognise Pencak Silat under the Ministry of Youth Resources and Sports and Nagaland Olympic Association as well as to send proposal for inclusion of it in Khelo India to central government to avail benefits from the government such as scholarships, national awards, jobs, schemes, and talent identification etc.
NPSA had won eight medals (five gold and 3 bronze) at the recently concluded Junior National Pencak Silat Championship held at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar from August 19 to August 21 in which 10 members of NPSA headed by its president Khevishe Sema, two officials of NPSA Hetoi Sema and A Ghunato Sema and Deep Kumar as the team coach.
A total of 32 states and union territories had participated in the 3-days event where the 10-member Nagaland team did remarkably well, winning eight medals. The medal winners are Kitenlo K Thono, Kevin, Imnatoshi Longkumer, Nasher Uddin Choudhury, Kivinoka Swu, and Manish Chettri.
Interacting with the media fraternity, NPSA president Khevishe Sema appealed to the state government to send all the selected players with officials of NPSA by Indian Pencak Silat Federation to represent India in any of the two international Pencak Silat championship to be held in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Korea in October 2019 as well as to include Pencak Silat in state Hornbill Festival annually and in the dept. of Tourism, Art and Culture and for cultural exchange of indigenous games and sports between Indonesia and Nagaland.
The officials revealed that although the association was formed in 2016 in Dimapur and was affiliated to the Indian Pencak Silat Federation (IPSF) and recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, GoI, it is yet to be recognized by the state government and the association has been sponsoring the participants so far in all the events.
Khevishe Sema informed that while the proposal submitted to the state government for recognition of NPSA is still pending, the team is preparing for the upcoming events to be held in Malaysia and Singapore and even if the association is not recognized, the team hopes to receive support from the government.
The association spokesperson Kashito Kiba is however hopeful that with a Chief Minister who advocates for music, art and sports, the proposal of the association will be considered and NPSA will receive the support it needs.
He further added that the team’s target is to go forward with the October events.
(Page News Service)